By James Robert Allard

That medication turns into professionalized on the very second that literature turns into "Romantic" is a crucial accident, and James Allard makes the main of it. His e-book restores the actual physique to its right position in Romantic stories through exploring the prestige of the human physique through the interval. With meticulous element, he files the best way clinical discourse consolidates a physique vulnerable to scientific authority that's then represented within the works of Romantic period poets. In doing so, he attends not just to the heritage of medicine's professionalization yet considerably to the rhetoric of legitimation that advances the authority of medical professionals over the our bodies of sufferers and readers alike. After surveying developments in Romantic-era drugs and examining the body's therapy in key texts by means of Wordsworth and Joanna Baillie, Allard strikes speedy to his critical subject-the Poet-Physician. This hybrid determine, found within the works of the medically educated John Keats, John Thelwall, Thomas Lovell Beddoes, embodies the struggles occasioned via the discrepancies and affinities among drugs and poetry.

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Dr. Brown, on the contrary, considers life as an assemblage of actions or effects, which take place in the body in consequence of a certain predisposition and exciting causes; and that the state or quantum of the vital principle, or energy of the system, is perpetually varying. (1:78) Aside from the competing claims concerning the importance of the body here—one that maintains a Cartesian dualism and one that challenges it—this passage also manifests a certain contempt for Brown simply because he is not in agreement with 19 Beddoes disputes this claim: “His [Cullen’s] idea of excitement has [.

3 To avoid confusion, I refer hereafter to the Hunters by their given names. 4 The text I quote from here is transcription of Hunter’s lecture in the hand of one of his students in the mid-1760s (the MS contains no exact date other than ‘176-’ in the catalogue entry). Body Conscious 23 the formal study of anatomy to the background; in fact, as late as the early 1790s, French physician Louis-Sébastian Mercier (1740–1814) opined that “Anatomy [. ] has yet not supplied medicine with any truly important observations.

6 Porter points out that “[t]he centrality of anatomy to medicine’s project was proclaimed in the Renaissance and became the foundation stone for the later edifice of scientific medicine: physiological experimentation, pathology, microscopy, biochemistry and all the other later specialisms, to say nothing of invasive surgery” (Greatest 8). On the history of anatomy up to the beginning of the Romantic Century, see Peachey 1–52; French; Wear; Porter, “Eighteenth” 384–401; Sawday; Cunningham; Carlino; and Duffin 11–40.

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